Life, despite the many blinking neon lights on the way, is boring. But in January 2006, two visionary boys of one visionary man decided to bring us what no one else had quite managed: provide all of us unadulterated and all-permeating entertainment. The two gloom-busters were Mukesh and Anil Ambani.
Now, after everyone from boardroom billionaires to flophouse bullshitters who have been keenly following the Ambani vs Ambani saga for four years are looking at a Big Empty with the two brothers having reportedly decided to bury the hatchet by cancelling the non-compete (sic) agreement between Mukesh's Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Anil's Reliance Natural Resources Ltd (RNRL). What do we do for entertainment now? We want our money back!
In a statement on Sunday that would even make the greetings cards industry rush to the basin, the Brothers Ambani spoke about creating "an environment of harmony, cooperation and collaboration between the two groups". It'll be world peace next. But the question is even if the two now start behaving like Ram-Lakshman and bury the hatchet, what happens to their hatchetmen? The feuding Sicilian-American business houses of the Corleones and the Tattaglias may have had come to an understanding, but their rank and file kept garroting and rat-tat-tating each other even after their bosses had kissed each other on the cheeks.
One hopes that like after the end of the Cold War, this truce too is 'unfinished business'. Mukesh and Anil can hug each other as much as they want. But please, for the sake of the millions who've followed the Punch'n'Judy show like children on a beach, let it not be the end. Some pundits think that like the Israeli-Palestinian concept of the 'hudna' (a temporary truce), the peace breaking out between the Ambanis will be a period for both sides to take a breather and arm up again. Watch this space - and the RIL and RNRL share prices.